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February 14th, 2008

Philip's Mark Foley returns from National Guard military police duty in Afghanistan

Safely back home ... Mark Foley, National Guard staff sergeant in the 235th Military Police Company based out of Custer, returned from his deployment in Afghanistan. Among the many family and friends welcoming him safely home were his fiancee, Vanessa Anderson. Right: as Mark Foley neared his hometown of Philip, he was met by friends and neighbors. Vehicles from the Philip Volunteer Fire Department, Philip Ambulance Service, local law enforcement, many businesses and other friends joined the caravan. A West Central Electric Co-op boom raised the United States flag for the National Guardsman returning from Afghanistan.

"Like a bad headache, I'm coming back," joked Mark Foley before he left, and he gave the same joke after he returned to Philip from his duty in Afghanistan.

Haakon County Deputy Sheriff Foley was one of the National Guard soldiers from Custer's 235th Military Police Company who received mobilization orders Tuesday, June 20, 2006. They were mobilized in October 2006 to train for two to six months at Fort Bliss, TX, prior to deployment to Afghanistan.

National Guard Staff Sergeant Foley said that his unit had to report at Ft.


Medical update on young Jaycie West

On the long road to recovery ... Five-year-old injured Jaycie West receives a helping hand from younger brother Eastan. She will be in rehabilitation for an undetermined time.

Five-year-old Jaycie West lay in the hospital bed. She overheard a nurse explain that sick children were not permitted to go to the family waiting room, even to quietly celebrate a brother's fourth birthday.

"I'm not sick. I just got kicked in the head by a horse." She was wheeled down to see her brother, Eastan.

On Friday, January 25th, Jaycie was with her mother, Amber, her father, Zach, and her brother at the Central States Fair Event Center. She was, as usual, on her mother's horse, but this time it spooked into a gallop.


Medical update on young Jaycie West

Jaycie West

Five-year-old Jaycie West lay in the hospital bed. She overheard a nurse explain that sick children were not permitted to go to the family waiting room, even to quietly celebrate a brother's fourth birthday.

"I'm not sick. I just got kicked in the head by a horse." She was wheeled down to see her brother, Eastan.

On Friday, January 25th, Jaycie was with her mother, Amber, her father, Zach, and her brother at the Central States Fair Event Center. She was, as usual, on her mother's horse, but this time it spooked into a gallop.


January 31st

Edna E. Piotter

Edna Emilie Piotter was born on December 30, 1907, at Pella, WI, daughter of the late Will and Annie (Yordi) Cronce. She was baptized on April 5, 1908, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pella, and confirmed at the Shawano Methodist Church in 1921.

On June 28, 1931, she married Erwin R. Piotter at the Shawano Methodist Church. They resided in Manawa and she became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in September of 1931.

Erwin and Edna were employed by, and later owners of, Piotter's General Store.


Timothy A. Plant

Timothy Allen Plant, age 31 of Wall, SD, died January 16, 2008, at his home in Wall.

Memorial services were held Monday, January 21, at the First Lutheran Church in Wall, with Pastor Monty Dell officiating.

Music was provided by Nan Miller, organist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Dennis Sieler and Roger Fortune. Honorary pallbearers were all relatives and friends in attendance.

Timothy Allen Plant was born December 15, 1976, the son of Dale and Marilyn (Geigle) Plant. He was born in Cactus Flat, SD, which later earned him the nickname "Cactus".


DM&E project delays threaten economic opportunities - call for railroad corrections bill

Thirty-nine statewide organizations, communities and businesses are urging the Governor and state legislature to correct South Dakota's eminent domain laws that are currently being manipulated to delay a project important to South Dakota's future. The groups expressed frustration over delay tactics designed to block the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad's expansion and upgrade project.

"We all want fairness for the landowners," said David McGirr, Mayor of Huron, "and believe that if the merits of the issue are ever allowed to be argued it will prove that DM&E has been fair.


Commissioners discuss policies and insurance

The Haakon County Commissioners met in special session Wednesday, January 23, 2008 to discuss the policy handbook and health insurance.

New information had been received regarding the state health insurance pool. The commissioners would like to go with a different health insurance carrier begining in July 2008. Auditor Patricia Freeman was instructed to obtain further information from the state pool and also county employees. The board will discuss the issue at their regular February board meeting.

The board reviewed a proposed county employee handbook.


Area residents meet with DM&E

Area residents and Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad representatives met at the Philip Fire Hall Wednesday evening, January 23, 2008 to discuss the railroad crossing on County Road 13.

DM&E office engineer Beth Lynn, Sioux Falls and Frank Doland civil engineer with HWS, Lincoln, NE, outlined some of the problems with the crossing. Doland noted his biggest concern was the seven percent grade on the hill coming down to the crossing. He noted he was afraid in bad road conditions a driver would not be able to stop in time and would run into a train.


Haakon Education Association celebrity auction for playground items a success

Going, going, gone ... Mick Trask helped auction the Haakon Education Association items that had been donated by distant celebrities and local entities. The auction results of $3,393 were added to the previous donations to pay the $12,665 cost of the additional elementary playground equipment. Some equipment has already been donated and installed.

The Haakon Education Asso-ciation celebrity-item auction to raise funds for playground equipment, held on Sunday, January 20th, brought in $3,393.

"HEA was very happy with the outcome of the auction," said HEA co-president Jessica Wheeler.


Two points from 1st to 8th for Scotties wrestlers

Dace Kelly,, 103-112 lbs. Photo by Debbie Smith

The Philip Scotties competed at the State B Wrestling Duals Tournament in Wagner on Saturday, January 26th, in Wagner.

At this tournament, the wrestlers did not compete for individual wins in the designated weight classes. Here, teams were only scored against other teams. Some individuals, though, wrestled in a higher weight class for practice against different opponents, to fill in an empty weight slot or to strategically win specific matches to earn team points. No individual champions were crowned.

Philip ended up placing eighth as a team.